Richardson signs $341 million capital outlay

Freedom New Mexico staff and wire reports Gov. Bill Richardson signed a bill this morning allocating $341 million for capital improvements statewide, including more than $7.3 million in funding to the region. He also vetoed $580,000 in regional project requests, including a $350,000 request for a Clovis communications/administration building. The vetoes account for around 8 […]

Replays rare event in NBA, politics

Kevin Wilson, Freedom New Mexico With the state high school basketball tournament next week and the NCAA tournaments the following week, it’s a great time to be a basketball fan. But before either of those takes place, there’s Saturday, where Philips Arena in Atlanta will give us 52 seconds to root for basketball, and second […]

Councilors accept housing money

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor Portales city councilors gave quick approval to a grant agreement that officials hope to use for a project that will construct affordable housing downtown. The $250,000 grant agreement comes from state severance tax bonds that were approved in the 2007 Legislature. Another $200,000 was approved in this year’s Legislature […]

Vets list being formed

By Sarah Meyer, Freedom New Mexico A retired U.S. Navy officer hopes to compile a list of all veterans within a five-county area of eastern New Mexico to recognize and keep track of the people who have served their country in that region. Richard Robertson, a retired chief petty officer who now serves as director […]

Commissioners ready to study inmate work-release

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt County commissioners decided during Tuesday’s meeting that they are willing to consider re-instituting a prisoner work-release program at the Roosevelt County Detention Center. County Attorney Randy Knudson brought the item to the agenda, saying he had been asked by employers about the possibility of having prisoners released to […]

Local Briefs March 5

Blackwood Legacy to perform The Nashville-based Blackwood Legacy gospel group, featuring former Blackwood Brothers Quartet lead singer and Gospel Music Hall of Fame inductee, Rick Price will be performing at 7 p.m Thursday at New Testament Baptist Church, Second and Elgin in Portales. Admission is free, an offering will be taken. The group, including Washington […]

Events Calendar March 5

Wednesday Blood Drive — 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. ENMU Campus Union Building Thursday High Plains Film Festival meeting — 1:30 p.m., Zia Room at ENMU Campus Union Building. Saturday Lovers for Learning dinner — 6:30 p.m. Presbyterian Campus Ministry House Kids Day at Key Ingredients — 1:30-4:30 p.m. Golden Library Monday Hampton Sides author’s […]

Incumbents make clean sweep in municipal elections

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By Sarah Meyer, Freedom New Mexico With only 8 percent of voters casting ballots, Portales city council incumbents easily won re-election Tuesday.

Hounds get plenty of offense at Cameron

Freedom New Mexico LAWTON, Okla. — Third baseman Derrick Kennedy and catcher Freddy Carmona each had four hits and four RBIs and Eastern New Mexico erupted late for a 20-7 Lone Star Conference baseball victory over Cameron on Sunday. With the scored tied 3-3, the Greyhounds (10-6, 4-4 LSC) scored seven runs in the sixth, […]

PHS choir is runner-up in state competition

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By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor A state-wide choir competition had never been held in New Mexico until this year. Portales High School’s choir took advantage of the chance to compete and came away as the runner-up in Class 3A.